Work Starts Today to Remove Dilapidated Modular Buildings from Date Street Property
El Paso County has received approval of an administrative giving permissions to the County and its contractor to enter a property in the Park Vista area and remove the dilapidated and dangerous structures, including any and all rubbish. Sixteen dilapidated modular buildings have been illegally stored on the vacant residential lots near Date Street and Siferd Boulevard for nearly three years.
Commissioner Peggy Littleton, whose district includes the Park Vista area will join and County staff members will be available for media interviews as R.E. Monks construction company begins work at the site this afternoon at 2 p.m.
Date Street will be closed at Siferd Boulevard. County PIO will meet media and assist in facilitating parking of news vehicles. Please be considerate of residents and businesses when parking in the area.
Under Colorado law, El Paso County land use code violations are enforced through a civil court process to guarantee private property rights and due process as required by the fifth and fourteenth amendments to the United States Constitution.
In response to multiple citizen complaints that the modular buildings were unsafe, unsightly and attracting criminal behavior, County Code enforcement notified the property owners requesting that they be removed. They owners did not comply with those requests so the County Attorney’s Office initiated the legal process to force compliance. For more than two years, county staff has been working through a tangled web of changing corporate and out of state ownership in its effort to compel the owners of the property to remove the buildings and bring their properties into compliance.
On October 27, 2016, the Court ordered the property owners to remove the modular buildings and any debris and rubbish from their properties. The property owners have not taken any actions to comply with the judge’s orders. The Board of El Paso County Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 7, authorized funding for the removal of the modular buildings. R.E. Monks construction company received the contract with a bid of $109,500 to demolish and properly dispose of the modular structures.
The County plans to place a lien on the properties for the full cost to demolish and remove the structures, and any future sale of the properties will require release of that lien.
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239